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File:SCrane2.JPG|thumb|Formal portrait of Stephen Crane taken in Washington, D.C., about March 1896 '''Stephen Crane''' (November 1, 1871 – June 5, 1900) was an American author. Prolific throughout his short life, he wrote notable works in the literary realism|Realist tradition as well as early examples of American Naturalism (literature)|Naturalism and Impressionism (literature)|Impressionism. He is recognized by modern critics as one of the most innovative writers of his generation. The eighth surviving child of United Methodist Church|Protestant Methodist parents, Crane began writing at the age of four and had published several articles by the age of 16. Having little interest in university...